“1984” by Slaughter to Prevail
Slaughter to Prevail’s “1984” is named after the classic mid-20th century novel of the same name. The book in question is one of the most heavily-referenced works in contemporary pop entertainment due to its accurately-prophetic nature. Said book was written by the late George Orwell (1903-1950). It is known to deal primarily with the topics of totalitarianism and living under a surveillance state.
Lyrics of “1984”
However, these lyrics aren’t really about either of those topics. Instead, it was inspired by Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine earlier in 2022.
So as a premise, Alex Terrible and the gang have revealed, despite being Russians themselves, that they are in fact against what their homeland is doing in the Ukraine. Meanwhile the Russian government is known for, let’s say not taking too kindly to its own citizens speaking out against it. So that may be why Slaughter to Prevail has clarified that they’re not actually taking sides on the matter. Rather, their anti-war stance is founded in a love for humanity and a longing for peace in general.
And so it is with this track. If the lyrics were inspired by Russia running up on the Ukraine, there’s nothing contained therein to directly point to that notion. Rather, the presentation revolves around, most simply explained, the act of war.
Or more specifically, it can be deemed that “1984” is meant to illustrate the atrocities of warfare. The song talks about how it feels for instance to be minding your business “in your own house with your fam”, only to be approached by an aggressive “troops” that you’re not in a position to defend yourself from.
This may not be something that the members of the band have personally experienced. However, it should be noted that the part of the world they come from has been one of the bloodiest of the last 100 years.
Please Stop this Bloodshed!
The thesis sentiment being put forth is a cry to “please stop the violence” and “the bloodshed on Earth”.
In all honesty said message reads, may we say unrealistically-optimistic, but Terrible and co. have their reasons for saying what they’re saying. And that’s because, as alluded to at the end of the previous paragraph in a way, even beyond the violence and killing of war, thereafter the victims of such are still left to deal with the “anger” inducing psychological ramifications thereof.
George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”
George Orwell, who by the way only lived to the age of 46, did dabble in religion. However, he was according to history, a humanist-atheist. Yet Nineteen Eighty-Four, his signature work, is generally considered to be one of the most-prophetic pieces of fiction in literary history.
Said text was published in 1949. However, it was set some four decades later, in 1984. And as envisioned, society would become such that citizens are incessantly indoctrinated with propaganda beneficial to the totalitarian powers that be. Furthermore, the citizens are also continually under all-inclusive surveillance.
One of the reasons Europe in particular has devolved to such a state is as the result of devastating warfare, which itself continues to be incessantly waged. On the surface, it appears that latter aspect of the narrative is what inspired Slaughter to Prevail to name this song so. For instance, if you also take the Cold War into consideration, it’s as if Russia has been regularly engaged in major conflicts pretty much since the early 20th century.
Moreover, the world has become such that major superpowers, such as China and the United States most recently, can seemingly go at it at any given moment. So we too more or less live in an age of “perpetual war”, as the book would put it. However, the actors engaged in such efforts change from time to time.
Slaughter to Prevail
Slaughter to Prevail is a band of deathcore rockers from Russia. The band has been around since the mid-2010s.
As of the date of release of “1984”, the group currently consists of the following:
- Alex Terrible (vocalist)
- Jack Simmons (guitarist)
- Mike Petrov (bassist)
- Evgeny Novikov (drummer)
- Dima Mamedov (guitarist)
When was “1984” released?
The teasing of this track dates back to March of 2022. This was around the time that Russia had initiated its invasion of the Ukraine. It was eventually released on 9 August 2022.
Who wrote “1984”?
“1984” was written by Terrible and Simmons. The former also acted as the producer of the track.